When Elena Vaughner opened the new location of her kids clothing resale store, The Dotted Lime, a month ago she faced a difficult realization. Previously, the store had 3,000 sq. ft. of space, but the new location at the old Masonic building in downtown Westfield is only 700 sq. ft.
“I focused on what I had and made it a boutique shop,” she said. “I have better brands, I’m focused more on style and not being a big warehouse of stuff.”
Vaughner said her store carries American Eagle, Hollister, Abercrombie, etc. – all the big brands that children are wearing today at considerably lower prices.
“People don’t want to pay $40 to $80 for a pair of jeans,” she said. “I’ve noticed that it’s not just the people who don’t have a lot of money – everyone is shopping wiser, it’s not looked down upon.”
With the space change, Vaughner no longer has infant clothing and now carries toddler (3T) to teenager sizes.
“I like having teens because nothing around here has teen clothing,” she said, “with prices mom and teens can deal with.”
The Dotted Lime buys new and like new clothing – from casual wear to Sunday’s best and formal dresses, and sportswear like sports cleats and football pants.
“I try to carry as much as I can. A lot of the stuff we get in is new because kids outgrow their clothes before they can wear it,” Vaughner said. “We’re clean, organized and I am very picky on what we take. . . Anything I can get that I think is awesome, I will carry.”
In addition to children’s clothing, The Dotted Lime sells purses, shoes, jewelry, Vera Bradley, books, games and DVDs.
Isabella Smith assists her mother with the fashion. The Westfield Intermediate School student said she also gets all of her clothing from the store.
“It’s cool because you don’t have to worry about how much prices are compared to what other stores are when you get the same thing,” Smith said.
Vaughner has lived in the Westfield area for 45 years. Her father was a longtime preacher in the city and the family lived in Westfield before moving to Noblesville, where Vaughner graduated from Noblesville High School in 1985.
The Dotted Lime Resale is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday. The store is located at 230 E. Main St. in Westfield.